At CCU, we have many safeguards in place to help keep your personal information secure, and we want to help you protect yourself, too. Here are several simple strategies that you can follow to keep your information safe and secure online.
If you receive a message or a phone call that seems odd or too good to be true, chances are it’s a scam to get your personal information. Cyber attackers use phishing, a technique that uses spoofed or fake emails and fraudulent websites, to gain access to your information and steal your identity. Educating yourself on how to identify phishing scams will help keep your information secure. To help you, we offer
detailed information on what to look for if you receive suspicious messages.
Secure Your Computers and Devices
Protecting your computers and devices is key to keeping your personal information safe. Here are some helpful tips on how you can protect any device connected to your home network:
- Protect all devices with a strong Personal Identification Number (PIN) or passcode.
- Ensure all devices are running the latest version of their software and whenever possible, enable automatic updating.
- Enable and run the latest version of the firewall and anti-virus installed on your computer.
- Use an
up-to-date browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.).
- Remove all personal information from your devices when you dispose of them. Simply deleting files from your devices does not actually delete your information. Mobile devices require a
factory reset and computers and storage devices require that the hard drive be
physically destroyed to ensure all of your personal information has been removed and cannot be recovered.
Secure Your Accounts and Passwords
So many of us use our computers and other devices to access or share information online, making us an easy target for hackers. Creating a strong and unique password for each site you use is a simple step you can take to protect your personal information. This short video explains why having a secure password is important and provides simple tips on how you can create a strong password.